The Serious Money
On that point,
the Ace/10 Front Count is a legitimate advantage
strategy. But its major shortcoming is that it has
no idea when a "rich" shoe (lots of high
cards) may turn "lean" and you should
therefore be cutting back your bets. To be "up
to snuff' on that, you simply have to keep on tracking
the cards as the pack plays out! That's the part
that separates real card counting from a "single
checkpoint" strategy like the Ace/10 Front
Now, "real" card counting systems have
been around for a long time. In general, they are
not a recreational tool. These count systems keep
methodical track of most of the cards that have
been played all the way through to the shuffle.
In doing so, they can convert a 1/2% basic strategy
disadvantage into about a 3/4% net edge in a typical
shoe game. That would be a 11/4% overall shift in
the percentages. To master one of these systems
requires at least scores, if not hundreds of hours
of practice. Very few Online Blackjack Games players
are both willing and able to persevere to that level
of expertise with a full scale card count which
is why there are so few card counters out there.
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When to Use Poker Books
poker books as early in your learning process as possible.
You don't need to throw money away when learning,
and you don't want to pick up habits you have to unlearn.
not, however, buy a collection of books and just bury
yourself in your library for weeks without playing
a hand. You'll learn best by reading and then trying
to implement what you've read by going back and forth
between your books and the tables.
just as important, you shouldn't pass your poker books
on to a friend when you've finished with them. Rereading
poker books after a year or two is an excellent idea,
at least with some texts. Once you have more practical
experience under your belt, you may pick up subtle
points that just blew right past you the first time
you read a book. You also may find that quite by accident
you have drifted away from a practice your book taught
you to employ.